Summary: I had read reviews on this camera on CNET and was intrigued by all the features it had. Did some research and bought it here at Amazon. The first night I received my order I took many shots of a park and walking trail. I tried every feature and setting to try to find "true" color representation. It was impossible. For all the great features it has, it means nothing if you can't accurately represent the colors. I immediately knew this wasn't the camera for me.
Excerpt: Rather disappointed..I am an amateur, but comparing the previous Sony model I had DSC W-170 and this one I must say it’s far from sth I would expect from Sony. Since models are 2 years apart it’s appropriate to expect better images, better speed (even though one has 5x zoom and another one 10x), etc..Its true camera has all kind of new features (gps, hd, compass that reminds more on the compass from pirates of the carribean,..)..but in the sense of performance.
Excerpt: After comparing this camera to the Canon SX200, SX210, and Panasonic ZS7, I decided to purchase this one. I got my hands on all of these cameras at the local camera shop before making my final decision and spent many hours reading about the features that they all offered. I actually purchased the SX200 first, due to the sale price at the time. It was returned within 3 days due to the overall poor image quality.
A Highly Versatile P&S camera that falls just a tad short
Curtis Fung, Amazon
7 June 2010
Summary: I've been looking for an ultra-zoom compact camera that takes great pictures out of the camera and double as a serviceable camcorder, the HX5V fits the bill, but does it deliver? Let's find out. The HX5V utilizes a CMOs sensor + bionze processor that provides certain unique features over other cameras, most notable is the handheld twilight(HHT) and anti-blur mode, which takes six shots and combines them using noise-averaging to reduce noise and enhance details, saving...
Excerpt: My first and last Sony camera. GPS works so-so, but it is a cool feature for the price. Included combo USB and video cable is ludicrous, very cumbersome and awkward. the camera has a propriety plug on it instead of a mini USB. I use my card reader and bypass using the supplied software. Color accuracy is poor in the reds. Good bracketing and seems to respond to changes in light levels.
Summary: I bought this camera after seeing the NY Times review of new low-light compact cameras, because I need to take pictures indoors just about every day, and I was hoping to be able to avoid using a flash. In general I have to say it's been a good purchase. It takes pretty good pictures for a point-and-shoot, and unlike some earlier Sony models, which I didn't consider because they took only proprietary memorystick cards, this one takes standard SD cards.
Sony hx5v - conveniences and function are overcome by poor image quality
Rick in Virginia, Amazon
19 April 2010
Summary: I have been looking for a new P&S for a while and compared the Sony hx5v v. Canon sx210is v. Panasonic zs3 (as a prelude to the zs7). The most important consideration was image quality - followed closely by convenience, a well defined menu system, lens quality, fit and finish and pocketability. The Sony and Panny both had a gps function which was not important to me. The panny zs3 had poor low light performance and no manual controls.
My pocket friendly Sony Cybershot DSC-HX5V with great features
2 January 2014
Excerpt: I love this camera even when its that small, the quality of picture and video it produces still amazes me.This camera is pocket friendly as well. It has got many features namely; GPS inbuilt which automatically records when and where you shoot photos and videos, I don't need to carry a Compass wherever I go because my Camera has got one inbuilt, picture quality of zoomed object is awesome, etc One thing I like with it is the ease with which you can record your videos;...
Pros: very good picture quality in all conditions, good video quality, wide aperture,
Cons: was only given 10mega pixels, GPS feature only helpful when you are on internet
Excerpt: I've been using this camera very regularly for about 7 months now, during the Summer holidays I used it extensively to record the main highlights of our days in pictures and HD movies. It's a sturdy, compact camera that is easy to grab but, ultimately for me has a few issues - the main one being that I'm not as happy with the quality of the photos it produces as I might be, given that it cost £179, the price at which it seems to be still available on amazon.
Pros: lots of features
Cons: my point and click pictures are pants frankly
Summary: just got the camera a couple of days ago. so far so good, the reason why i have given this cute little camera a 3 star is because: Sony is using a proprietary USB/video combi cable, the cable used is a clunky and adds about 30% to the bulk of the camera. if Sony had used standard USB then there would have been a cable wherever there was a computer, if they had used a standard video cable then there often is one near a TV.